ALMOST 200 people are preparing to walk together to fight cancer at this weekend’s Port Lincoln Relay for Life.
By yesterday afternoon, teams had raised nearly $69,000, well in excess of the initial goal of $46,000 and the focus is now on the relay itself.
Twenty-one teams will keep their batons moving around the track at Poole Oval from Saturday afternoon to 9am on Sunday morning to recognise and celebrate EP cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money for Cancer Council SA to help save more lives.
The relay will kick off at 2pm on Saturday with the opening ceremony and the Survivors and Carers Walk, then there will be a candlelight ceremony at about 8.30pm depending on the light.
Local breast cancer survivor Chris Hughes took part in the relay two years ago as part of the In Good Taste team, which raised more than $20,000.
This year she will be there to support her daughter Brodie who is taking part and she will join the Survivors and Carers Walk, which aims to celebrate and support cancer survivors and their carers.
Mrs Hughes said while her cancer path had not been as “rocky” as some she found the support of the Cancer Council and other support services such as the McGrath Foundation invaluable.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She was diagnosed on a Monday and by the Thursday the tumour had been removed.
During her treatment in Adelaide, she stayed at the Cancer Council’s Greenhill Lodge, received subsidised meals, was transported to and from hospital by the Cancer Council bus driven by volunteers and even taken shopping.
“It’s a really good facility.
“The Cancer Council is there for anybody, even family – they can phone their lifeline at any time.”
Mrs Hughes said the fundraising throughout the state was remarkable and in the recreation area of the lodge there was information about where funding came from.
“You can see Port Lincoln keeps a room going.
“You really are making a massive difference to somebody’s whole treatment.”